My kind of weather! So weâ€™ve been making any runs we need to make early so we can spend the rest of the day home enjoying this weather. Oh, Yeah!
When I got home, after walking the Dog, I hooked the new battery up to the solar controller, then hooked up the solar panel, and attached my volt meter â€œjust to watch.â€ It all appeared to work
The solar panel was feeding 14.1 volts to the battery which was feeding 13.5 volts to the volt meter. That should run a radio for awhile! I let it run until the solar panel had been in the shade for about an hour. It was still feeding 12 volts to the battery. I think this will do well for Saturday.
if I get this to work Iâ€™ll be buying more batteries and hooking up another solar panel to run everything (radio wise) in my shack. Maybe run a convertor for awhile if needed. Going to set up in the garage and feed the lines through that hole I already made.
I donâ€™t like playing with big batteries since that one blew up on me a few years ago. It freaks me out. I do the connections; but I donâ€™t like doing it. I was deaf in my left ear for 3 days after that battery blew!
Got my new CAT cable today. Except it wasnâ€™t exactly what I ordered. The cable had the usb end but not the other that plugs into the 857d. Not even close to what I ordered. I went and double checked the order just to be sure. Nope. The picture on the one I ordered had that plug and the usb. So I contacted Amazon to return this one and sent a scathing e-mail to the company that I bought it from.
I donâ€™t really need the CAT cable; it would have jsut made things a bit easier. I can still do psk but will have to manually change frequencies and stuff. May have to manually add contacts too. Weâ€™ll see.
Anywho, SWMBO is home and we made a run to the Amazon locker to drop off my return and she checked for sewing machine needles (nada). Made a short contact with the Net on 28.450 and now itâ€™s about my bedtime. Think Iâ€™ll go read a bit.
Oh, We got peas!